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About Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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“Wednesfield In Bloom – “Going for Gold!” How Volunteers Make All the Difference!”

Hi Everyone just a little note to thank everyone from me that was involved in last weeks Big Seminar here in Wednesfield. –

Wednesfield In Bloom – “Going for Gold!” How Volunteers Make All the Difference!”

The seminar was agreed at a planning meeting earlier in the year. I can tell you now it was a huge success. Our Wednesfield team explained how they had involved themselves in the Britain in Bloom competition, how Wednesfield had been part of the competition for just two short years. But we had harnessed energy and great enthusiasm from our community.

Our Key Note Speaker Mr Keith Ireland Managing Director City of Wolverhampton explained how the Wednesfield in Bloom team was an important part of how the City functions.

He spoke about the changes that were taking place in the City. The huge investment taking place in Wolverhampton and how important the regeneration programme was to the City. He linked al that was takino place in Wolverhampton to the work our community volunteers were doing here in Wednesfield.

Other speakers at the seminar included Simon Archer, Wednesfield in Bloom Chairman. It also included James Clarke, Hands on Wednesfield Chairman. The Rev Nick Watson from St Thomas’s Church who spoke about the importance of faith, and Paul Singh from Guru Nanak Gurdwara and the way in which the two diverse community’s had come together around the ‘power of flowers’.

This seminar was very much a chance to congratulate volunteer community groups ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ and ‘Hands on Wednesfield’. It was an opportunity that was not missed. There was a really good audience made up of people like Wolverhampton North Easts Emma Reynolds MP, and a number of Wednesfield Councillors including Greg Brackenridge and Mary Bateman. Plus there were lots of our brilliant Volunteers.

Keith Ireland said he was “delighted to speak at the Wednesfield in Bloom seminar.”

He said “The seminar was a chance to congratulate volunteer community groups like Wednesfield in Bloom’ and ‘Hands on Wednesfield’.

He said he was impressed with the recent success in competition, winning the Silver Award in the 2016 ‘Heart of England in Bloom’ Urban Community competition, and the Gold Award in 2017.

Keith Ireland further explained in a note to all the City Councillors in a Councillors Briefing at the end of last week.

“That Wednesfield was to be the focus of an episode of the new BBC Show ‘Britain in Bloom, on BBC 2. He reported that the show follows fifteen different communities from across the country as they prepare to compete for gold in the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition.

He further went onto say “I’m sure all Councillors will join me in wishing Wednesfield good luck at the next competition (2018).”

He talked up the recent success Wednesfield had in the competition.” Winning the Silver Award in the 2016 ‘Heart of England in Bloom’ Urban Community competition, and the Gold Award in 2017.”

I know that Mr Ireland was impressed with how Wednesfield had gone about competing in the competition and what the challenge has done for the local community.

In his Briefing Note he further said “The show follows fifteen different communities from across the country as they prepare to compete for gold in the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition.  I’m sure all Councillors will join me in wishing Wednesfield good luck at the next competition.”

Also there were other important actions that came out of the seminar

  • There was an offer by the City Council to make a £500 contribution to the flowers
  • Wolverhampton Homes offered a chance to talk about offers of help

We were very pleased to have had the seminar, and volunteers that were there heard for them selves the great pride that people in positions of power, view their commitment and hard work for our great  community.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Ticket Alert

Here in Wednesfield North and across Wolverhampton – Football has a great following. Even as I type this out there will be constituents and others finalising plans to visit Russia for the World Cup…..Please if you are, take a look at this advice and follow it if you can.

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018.  The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices. A FIFA spokesperson said:

“FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.”

“FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches.”

FIFA have also warned that “any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid”.

Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.

Protect yourself:

  • Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit
  • A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit
  • Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
  • For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages;

What is Action Fraud Alert?

Action Fraud Alert is provided by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which is run by the City of London Police as a national service. Register to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area.

The system uses the Neighbourhood Alert Platform which is a secure, national community messaging facility used by Police, Neighbourhood and Home Watch, Crimestoppers,Fire & Rescue Services and local authorities throughout the UK.


Wednesfield in Bloom – Gets Praise from City Councils Top Official!

Mr Keith Ireland City of Wolverhampton Managing Director had this to say in his weekly briefing for Councillors tonight!  All I will say is that it is really good that so much focus is being placed on our Volunteers…..Wednesfield is a real ‘top notch’ place. Keith Ireland said “Wednesfield in Bloom: Today, I was delighted to speak at the Wednesfield in Bloom seminar held at the St Thomas Church Centre. Other speakers included Simon Archer, Wednesfield in Bloom Chairman and James Clarke, Hands on Wednesfield Chairman. The seminar was a chance to congratulate volunteer community groups ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ and ‘Hands on Wednesfield’ who have seen recent success in competition, winning the Silver Award in the 2016 ‘Heart of England in Bloom’ Urban Community competition, and the Gold Award in 2017. It also explained to guests how Wednesfield has gone about competing in the competition and what the challenge has done for the local community. Wednesfield is set to be the focus of an episode of the new BBC Show ‘Britain in Bloom, tonight, on BBC 2 at 6:30pm. The show follows fifteen different communities from across the country as they prepare to compete for gold in the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition. I’m sure all Councillors will join me in wishing Wednesfield good luck at the next competition, and I would like to encourage you all to watch the BBC2 programme tonight.”

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Be Careful & Lock Your Car Doors!

Last night on Tuesday the 17th April at about 7.39 I pulled up at the lights in my car on Broad street in Wolverhampton City Centre. I had stopped because the traffic lights leading to the ring road had turned red. I was making my way home back to Wednesfield. There was a group of young men sitting on the steps of the building (about five in total) on the left of me, right alongside the lights.

One man in a hoody and baseball cap stood up and leaned over the railings and tried my front passenger door.

Luckily I had locked it. He then went to the rear door and opened the car door. I challenged him, but he just remained focussed. At that with the door waving open. I decided that the best way was to get out of the situation as fast as I could. So I put  my foot on the accelerator, I drove away at some speed through the red light.

I was unnerved, I was concerned that he had wanted to rob my bag which was on the back seat. Or so I thought.

But I was also scared in case he was trying to get into my vehicle with the gang following him…. I was heading towards Wednesfield having attended a City Council Scrutiny Meeting at the City Council City centre offices.

I tried to contact West Midlands Police via 101 without success, and waited till I got home when I emailed the Wednesfield WMP team.

I don’t think the man stole anything from the car. I found I had put my bag with my I-Pad in the Car Boot and not on the back seat.

But the whole incident unnerved me greatly. I have obviously warned my wife and friends. But after some deep thought today I have decided to post on my site to give a wider warning. Please lock your car doors and be watchful. All this was over in about 20 seconds. But it nevertheless was very alarming.

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Latest News – Proposal for 2,500 Homes In Green Belt .

Wednesfield North Labour Councillors today issued further information to their Local Residents relating to plans and proposals to build on current ‘Green Belt ‘ in Essington.

This message is primarily aimed at Wednesfield North constituents who have an interest, or who are interested in the recently announced proposal to develop 2,500 homes on what is current ‘Green Belt’ land alongside Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane and within the Parish of Essington and the District Boundary of South Staffordshire D.C.

Councillor Bateman said ” have received this further information from South Staffordshire District Council.

South Staffordshire District Council is still finalising work on their current Site Allocations document (SAD) but have also begun work on the review of their Local Plan.

They inform me that they are working towards publishing Issues and Options for the new Local Plan in Autumn of this year, by which time they hope the revised NPPF will be in place.

This document will set out strategic growth options for South Staffordshire and consider what levels of growth can be accommodated.  They further inform me that they are currently updating our Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) which will contain all the sites suggested to them (including Linthouse Lane) and this will be the starting point for site options.

Wednesfield North City Councillors Mary Bateman PhiIBateman and Rita Potter have asked that their contact details be added to South Staffordshire District Councils Local Plan database, and that means that we will receive automatic updates on local planning matters.

I would now urge any of our Wednesfield North constituents or local residents in Wednesfield who wish to be added to the database, to do so now, by sending your email address to .

We will continue to inform Wednesfield North residents of new information as we receive it of plans around this development.

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Road Closure -High Hill Essington Planned for May 15th 2018

Wednesfield North residents please be aware Staffordshire County Council will be closing High Hill Essington to deal with the pothole issues as they have been a huge danger to traffic during the past winter months.

Residents in Kitchen Lane and Linthouse Lane should note however that Staffordshire County Council will be sign posting a diversion using Wednesfield North highway network in Kitchen Lane and Linthouse Lane as a diversion.

This perhaps will not add to much traffic to our road system. But it may attract some!

The date for closure of High Hill is 15th of May 2018 – though they are taking powers for up to five days, for unseen problems….

Hope this news helps residents to understand what may happen…….and be prepared if they use High Hill for their own journeys…


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Want To Appear On A New Consumer TV Show?!

I have received the following note from a researcher who is looking for people in Wednesfield and Wolverhampton to appear on a new TV Consumer Show!

Dear Councillor, I hope you don’t mind me contacting you.We are doing a final shout out for contributors for a new money saving TV show. I am trying to reach out to as many families as possible in Wolverhampton for a brand new consumer TV series I am working on for a Leeds based television production company, True North.

I thought it might be useful to get in touch with yourself as I am trying to spread the word to any local groups/schools/ect and I was hoping you might be able to pass on our flyer to any in your local area? Or if you know any families yourself please feel free to pass on our email address. The programme will be presented by familiar household names, which we can’t announce quite yet. The show is all about saving money but still enjoying lives’ luxuries. It will be filled with tips and tricks for shopping in your supermarket, on your high street and even your best deals online. It will air on a weekday evening for three weeks in June.

We are looking for families to take part in different parts of the program such as meeting experts, testing out products and seeing how well you budget your weekly shop.We are looking for families preferably with children, but we would love to hear from anyone who is interested.?”

Contact Robert Beck | Researcher at

True North | Marshalls Mill | Marshall Street | Leeds | LS11 9YP | UK |


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Campaigning for Labour In Wednesfield North!

Today we had a visit from Councillor John Reynolds and daughter Alice Reynolds – who Mary and I have known since she was born! Mom Gillian Walton was herself a Councillor here in Wednesfield North back in 1990 through to 1994. John and Gill have been friends of ours for decades!

Today we had been out campaigning in Wednesfield North with Mary delivering leaflets here in the sunshine following what seems like weeks of grey cold and damp skies.

Alice made us all perk up a little as we chatted about those early years just after she was born, and of course we reminisced about Gill and the work she had done working with families in the very Ward we were out campaigning in today!

Alice is the sort of person that will help build tomorrows Labour Party. Fantastic with people, enthusiastic, and already showing keen interest in representing hard working families. I have high hopes that Alice will follow in the family footsteps of representing people.

Mary and I spoke warmly about both John and Gill who we had known now for decades. We were delighted that Alice had come to spend a little time with us campaigning here in Wednesfield North.

Currently Alice works in Europe; she is President of the Bruxelles Branch of the GMB Union. How about that for a title!

Both Mary and I were mightily impressed with Alice and we thanked both John and Alice for their contribution to Mary’s campaign to win Wednesfield North again for Labour today.

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Wednesfield Police Station Closure- The Public Say No!


Wednesfield Police Station Closure- The Public Say No!

Wednesfield North Labour Party and Wednesfield South Labour Party have come together to fight the announced closure of the Wednesfield Police Station in Alfred Squire Road.

The two local parties have held three (2 hour) petition signing sessions in Wednesfield High Street

The first of these was on Good Friday 30th March. followed by Saturday the 31st March and finally on Friday 6th April.

Both Local Labour Parties have taken the campaign out on the doorsteps as well. With really strong support, and reaction from residents.

Councillor Greg Brackenridge (Labour ) Wednesfield South said “After working closely with our local police neighbourhood team over the years, I have the deepest respect for the work that they do and the value they bring to our communities. The West Midlands Police have received the largest cuts in government grant in the whole of the UK.

After losing 2000 officers in 7 years we are now losing local police stations to balance the books.

This is at a time of rising crime levels which is placing our local communities at greater risk. The people of Wednesfield have spoken clearly. They want to keep our police local and I support this wholeheartedly.

Wednesfield calls on the government to fund the police and public services properly and end the austerity we have all suffered.”

Councillor Mary Bateman (Labour) Wednesfield North added “This issue is a bit of a battle, we are not attacking the police, we know that the government are the real reason that the funds are so hard to come by. But our residents do not want this to happen and the Tory Government, need to know as the Chief Constable needs to know, Wednesfield Police Station needs to remain open.”

There has also been a campaign taking place in social media here In Wednesfield, making people aware of what is taking place and also canvassing opinion.

One social media survey taking place in Wednesfield North informs that 75% of local residents who have taken part want the police station to remain open.100% of all those that have responded also say that police response times will lengthen if it closes.

The petitions canvassed over the three days in Wednesfield High Street, by the Joint Wednesfield Labour Party is nearly 1200 strong now. That means over the six hours of collecting signatures against the Police Closure Wednesfield residents queued up and signed at more than 3 person a minute! Now that shows the strength of feeling that local residents who pay for these services think!

The plan is to present this petition and the evidence we are collecting, from our community to keep the Police Station Open in the next few weeks.


For further information – contact either Councillor Greg Brackenridge or Councillor Mary Bateman …..




Emergency Highway Information -Wednesfield!

Would Wednesfield North residents and others please note- There may be delays in this part of Wednesfield due to emergency work on the highway due to a gas incident…..

Notification of emergency road works:


Location: Wolverhampton Road junction of Coronation Road.


Promoter: Cadent Gas


Nature of works: Emergency Gas Escape


Traffic management: 3 way temporary traffic signals


Duration: 11/04/2018 – 20/04/2018